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Using No-Stakes Educational Testing to Mitigate Summer Learning Loss: A Pilot Study

Zaromb, Franklin M.; Adler, Rachel; Bruce, Kelly; Attali, Yigal; Rock, JoAnn Leah
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ETS Research Report
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Reading Skills, Mathematics Skills, Elementary Education, Summer Learning Loss, No Stakes Testing, Vacation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students


All students completed tests in both math and reading components at the beginning and end of the summer in order to compare baseline and final performance. Although students did not show significant summer learning loss in either reading components or mathematics fluency, students in the reading condition scored significantly higher, on average, on standardized tests of reading components administered at the end of the study than students in the mathematics condition. Given the small sample size and variations in grade level, academic subjects, computer programs, and testing conditions, it is premature to draw any firm conclusions from these findings.

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